Hi. I’m Mike Ackerman, a freelance Creative Director from Los Angeles.

I wasn't always a freelance Creative Director.
Most recently, I was a full-time Group Creative Director with DDB.
Long before that, I was a Ghostbuster.

I like to make funny, smart, entertaining things with funny, smart, entertaining people.

Now, let’s get to work: michael.f.ackerman@gmail.com

Creative Director / Art Director / Writer, August 2017 - Now
Creating, designing, and writing integrated campaigns with Disney, Deutsch, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, R/GA, Phenomenon, Highdive, and WorkInProgress for various clients including Disneyland, Volkswagen, Xfinity, Taco Bell, American Express, 7-Eleven, Nintendo, Warner Brothers, Jeep, Behr, and Jimmy Johns

Group Creative Director, July 2015 - August 2017
Leading creative for Capital One, The Chicago Field Museum, and various new biz pitches

Creative Director, Oct 2013 - July 2015
Helping shape Capital One into an award-winning creative account through heaps of broadcast, social, digital, and print, while churning out creative for other clients along the way

Associate Creative Director, Feb 2012 - Oct 2013
Pushing digital boundaries and making tons of broadcast and designy things

Crispin Porter + Bogusky 
Art Director, May 2009 - Feb 2012
Making award-winning digital, social, broadcast, and design work across the client roster

ADC, Bronze, Interactive
Andy Awards, Shortlist
Business Insider's 30-Under-30
Cannes, Bronze, Cyber
Cannes, Bronze, Promo
Clio, Gold, Integrated/Sports (2017)
Clio, Silver, Integrated/Sports (2016)
Clio, Silver, Interactive
Clio, Bronze, Interactive
Clio, Bronze, Film/Sports (2017)
Clio, Bronze, Sponsorships/Sports (2016)
Clio, Bronze, Integrated/Sports (2015)
Clio, Bronze, Sponsorships/Sports (2015)
Clio, Bronze, Radio/Sports
Clio, Shortlist, Digital/Sports
Communication Arts, Interactive Annual
D&AD, Wood Pencil, Digital Advertising
The Die Line, #1 Package Design
FITC Awards, Nominee
TheFWA, Mobile of the Day (Movie Mode)
TheFWA, Mobile of the Day (Buyback App)
One Show, Gold Pencil, Entertainment
One Show, Silver Pencil, Interactive
Radio Mercury Awards Finalist
Webby Awards, Nominee
Young Guns International, Design Finalist


Savannah College of Art and Design
BFA, Advertising Design, Cum Laude
Outstanding Achievement Award


Brand Experience